DR. AMOS WILSON LECTURE ON ECONOMICS AND NATIONHOOD QUOTES
No Black person has ever been
taught to think like “White Folks”.
If you thoughtlike Whites, you would want your own nations, to control your ownneighborhoods, to control your own economy, to have your own military, tocontrol the resources in your own ground. Blacks come out of these schools anduniversities to be highly educated servants, slaves not in control of their owndestiny. You would want to remove them from power.Knowledge must be wielded to a sense of purpose, people-hood and destiny. Thenit becomes protective of your survival as a people. It is measured by how itprotects your survival as a people, nationhood.Change your mind, your consciousness and change your circumstances. See yourconsciousness in terms of its Afrikaness, its life enhancing benefits, itsconsequences for your survival and goals as a people, measured in terms of itscharacteristics, what it must acquire. You must have certain intentions to do this.These intentionalities are the intent to be truly free, truly self-determining, to createprosperity for yourself and people, to be able to protect your interests by anymeans necessary, to stop depending on white folk for your life, job and well-being.Your mind will generate what you need when you give it a goal or purpose.If you want to develop an Afrikan-
centered curriculum, start by asking “What
problems must we solve as an Afrikan people? Our problems include the problemof being dominated, not controlling our nations, being poor in the midst of affluence. What goals do we want to reach? What quality of life do we want toenjoy? What kind of people must we become in order to solve the problems thatwe must solve as a people? What kind of attitudes, relationships toward ourselves,one another, and Europeans/Asians/Arabs? What institutions must we develop sothat we can act in terms of our interests? What kind of social and educationalexperiences must we expose ourselves and young to become the kind of people weneed to become to solve the problems we need to solve? Unless education, politicsand economics are designed to solve our problems as a people they are pointless.What kind of education and knowledge and information and skills and so forthmust we develop so that we can build the institutions, develop the relationships,attitudes to be the people we need to be? Then work from there to look at yourdevelopmental psychology. In what ways do we grow and develop? At what point